Jenkins board targets teacher

The Jenkins Independent Schools Board of Education is taking legal action to recover salary and other money wrongfully spent for or by a school district employee the board declined to identify. Board Chairman Durward Narramore Jr. said the board’s action, approved unanimously at its April meeting this week, is the result of a report issued by the Office of Educational […]

Now here’s a tip

• “Use a pastry blender to mash up eggs when you are making egg salad. It works on the yolks, too. I mash mine separately.” — I.F. in Tennessee • Old towels can have new life in your kitchen. Just cut them into small pieces and store in a box — even a tissue box would do. When you have […]

Call for outlawing mountaintop mines creates controversy

College trying to distance itself from comments by UK professor

Public debate over the mountaintop removal method of strip-mining exploded into southeastern Kentucky late last week, leaving dust clouds from the aftermath hanging high in the sky. The blast was ignited last Thursday when University of Kentucky Professor Ron Eller called for an end to mountaintop mining, saying such a move would actually benefit the region’s economy. Eller, recognized as […]

Bluegrass Circle to play at Norton

Bluegrass Circle will perform at 7:30 p.m., May 2, at The Country Cabin II in Norton, Va. The facility is located across Alternate Rte. 58 from the original Country Cabin, 1 1/2 miles west of Norton. Admission for adults is $5, and $1 for children 2 through 11 years old. For more information, call (276) 679-3541.

Eliza Elkins dies

Eliza Forestine Elkins, 63, died April 26 at her home in Jenkins. A daughter of the late Forester and Ruby Helen Vanover, she was the mother of the late William Elkins, and a sister of the late Charlotte Baldwin and Margaret Chiarizia. She was a member of Burdine Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving are her husband, Harvey Gene Elkins; two sons, […]

Beshear delivers funds to Letcher

Governor Steve Beshear was in Letcher County last week to present the City of Jenkins with a $750,000 check for a water project he and Jenkins Mayor Charles Dixon agree “is desperately needed.””Currently, there’s a high percent of water loss and low water pressure due to the frequent breaks in the lines,” said Beshear. “These breaks also lead to cross […]

Help offered to veterans

Veterans and their dependents filing for federal or state veterans benefits may contact a field representative of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs for assistance. Veterans can schedule an appointment at the Eastern Kentucky Veterans Center in Hazard on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. by calling (606) 435-6196 ext. 234 or (877) 856-0004.

Fallen Letcher sheriff, two deputies honored

Ann Estep held a photograph of her late father, former Letcher County Sheriff Raymond "Tip" Warf, while standing in front of the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial in Richmond on Monday. (Photo by Joseph Estep) A former Letcher County sheriff and two deputy sheriffs who died in the line of duty were among 28 fallen police officers whose names were added […]

Granny Grace was a very special lady

Me and my siblings were born at home, which is a few hoe handles more than a mile above Blackey on the River Road. When the road was moved above the creek, the road took our house, so the place we were born is no longer there. After Mother died, Dad remarried and they had a son. We walked over […]

Reversal of Bush mining rule would return to regulations of 1983 – 2009

The Obama administration is seeking to reinstate rules which regulated mountaintop removal mining between 1983 and 2009. The administration took steps this week to reverse a last-minute Bush-era rule that allows mountaintop mining waste to be dumped near streams saying it was bad public policy. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said the rule didn’t “pass the smell test” and he wanted […]